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Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin


1937-2008

"There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past."


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3 comments:

Stephen Pampinella said...

Sorry for taking forever to comment on this, I was creeped out by mentioning him in the last post you had, I had not known he passed. He will be missed.

Curtis Gale Weeks said...

"I think it is the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately."

--That was a quote I saw in USA Today's piece. The key word for me would be "deliberately" with this proviso: that the mere thought of crossing that line wouldn't count as a deliberate crossing, but that the manner and form and reason for the crossing would be deliberate.

Anywho. For some odd reason, I was never much into Carlin and know very little of his work. That said, he seems and always seemed well-enough admired by many whose opinions I tend to note.

subadei said...

Stephen, your unintentionally macabre foreshadowing wasn't lost on me. And I believe at the time of your comment either he hadn't yet passed or I hadn't yet known of his death. Weird.

Curtis, from a personal perspective his late 80's early 90's work is the best. His later stuff was a bit too like a sermon. Some laughs but too focused on getting across his visions. Had he simply been a "speaker" as opposed to a comedian during his last years, I'd have found him riveting (even if I find his politics to be sadly anachronistic; an extension of the largely failed Boomer generation...) and entertaining if not continuously funny.